Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) had agreed to keep Brazil in the Paris Agreement.
The minister acknowledged that there is opposition to the climate agreement within the government but that, “for now, the participation of Brazil is maintained”. The statements were given after lunch in Secovi-SP with real estate entrepreneurs.
Last week, Salles had already defended the country’s stay in the agreement, in an interview with Eldorado Radio. However, there were criticisms from members of the government.
Prior to his inauguration, Bolsonaro’s own position on the issue was oscillating. He even defended the country’s exit from the agreement, but then backed down and promised to fight for changes in the text.
Salles did not detail the changes to be proposed. “The issue is how you internalize these principles and these values in the country’s legislation.” Our only concern is whether this legislation restricts freedom and action of entrepreneurship and the management of the territory. We will be very attentive to this, “he said.